Israeli police averted a terrorist attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday night. A Palestinian teenager allegedly started firing at police near Temple Square. The terrorist was shot and killed during the exchange of fire.
The perpetrator was a 17-year-old Palestinian from Jenin in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). He allegedly entered Israel illegally, writes the newspaper Yediot Ahronot.
No police officers are believed to have been injured by the shots, but a police officer was slightly injured when he fell while running towards the scene. He was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem where he was treated for back and limb injuries.
The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas hails the shelling attack, calling it a response to the normalization between Israel and several Arab countries in recent months.
The attack took place at the same place where two Israeli border policemen were shot and killed during a similar shooting attack more than three years ago – read more HERE in Norwegian.
In recent years, there have been several knife, car and gun attacks on Israeli security forces and Jewish settlers in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). Most attackers have not been affiliated with organized terrorist groups, but have carried out the attack on their own. There have been fewer attacks during the Corona crisis.
On Monday night, 52-year-old Esther Hogan, married and a mother of six, was found dead outside the Tal Menashe settlement in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). Police suspect the killing to be a terrorist attack – read more about the case HERE.